MOTORCYCLING: Team-mates make their points

Aaron Clarke at Brands Hatch. Photo by Adrian Smith
Aaron Clarke at Brands Hatch. Photo by Adrian Smith

Both draperRACING riders brought points back to the team from their races at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

Tommy Philp recorded two points finishes in the British Supersport races and Aaron Clarke took one point in the Superstock 600 race.

East Kirkby rider Philp had three races to contest at the Kent circuit instead of the usual two as the abandoned Sprint race from Silverstone was carried forward to Saturday.

In the first 12-lap Sprint race he set off from an eighth row grid position after qualifying in 22nd place.

He moved ahead of Mark Conlin on lap three and then past Josh Daley on lap four to move into 19th place just before the safety car came out for a couple of laps to clear some crash wreckage.

By lap eight the car had left the track and Philp continued to make progress.

He passed Niall Campbell on lap eight and Bjorn Estment one lap later to move into 16th place.

When James Westmoreland fell on the penultimate lap, Philp was elevated into 15th position which he held to the chequered flag to pick up one championship point.

In the second Sprint race on Saturday, Philp began from the seventh row but was unable to make much progress through the first few laps.

But he had a great battle with Robert Kennedy throughout the 12 laps and crossed the finish line just a tenth of a second adrift in 17th place.

The feature race on Sunday was scheduled for 18 laps but was red flagged on lap four and a new race declared over 14 laps.

Philp got away to a good start and was up to 19th place when the safety car thwarted his progress.

Once the car left the track he moved up to 17th and on lap 11 he overtook Estment once again to move into 16th position.

When two of the leading group went down on lap 11 Philp benefitted from their demise and jumped up into 14th place and brought the draperRACING Yamaha home in 14th place for two championship points - bringing his total haul to 10.

Meanwhile, Clarke from Kirton qualified in 19th place for a seventh row start to his 14 lap Stock 600 race.

He soon became embroiled in a seven-way battle for 11th place which continued for the majority of the race.

On lap 10 he overhauled Ben Luxton to step up into 15th position and was looking to make a move further forward when the red flag brought the race to an early end with the result declared on positions at the end of lap 10.

Clarke was awarded 15th place and one championship point but he was a little disappointed.

He said: “But for the red flag I could have finished further up the order as I was running just a tenth behind a couple of riders.

“At the start I was in the middle of the pack and nearly hit someone’s back wheel at Paddock Hill and then got pushed wide at Druids so I lost a few places.

“My lap times were good and I had the pace of those ahead of me so I feel a bit annoyed that I didn’t finish a bit further up the field. But it’s Cadwell next and that’s my home track so bring it on!”

Clarke now has five championship points to his name and is seeing a vast improvement in his pace and lap times this year.

He is confident he can break into the top 10 before the end of the season.

The next round is at the team’s home circuit of Cadwell Park over the bank holiday weekend of August 27-29 and both riders will be hoping to put on a good show for their local sponsors and supporters.